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magical realism

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1. (Art Terms) a style of painting or writing that depicts images or scenes of surreal fantasy in a representational or realistic way
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a style of painting or writing that depicts images or scenes of surreal fantasy in a representational or realistic way
magic realist, magical realist n

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(or mag′ical) re′alism,


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an artistic style in which often fantastic images or events are depicted in a sharply realistic manner.

magic realism

Originally used in the 1920s to describe paintings which combined surreal fantasy with matter-of-fact representation; adapted for more recent literary work which combines documentary realism with imaginative fantasies.
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Noun1.magic realism - a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative or meticulously realistic painting are combined with surreal elements of fantasy or dreamsmagic realism - a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative or meticulously realistic painting are combined with surreal elements of fantasy or dreams
genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
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I found what is a rather standard firsthalf more enjoyable than the second period where the whole thing seems to spring into some magic-realism flight of fancy that seems too convenient, if not trite, and aims to pull at heart-strings in a ludicrously ham-fisted way for a subject so loaded with resonance anyway.
Instead, even as they incorporate different dialects, the use of verse, the epistolary story, what we have for the most part are straightforward linear narratives, steeped in realism - not magic-realism, nor hyper-realism, just realism.